Taste Wine Bar provides oenophiles with a variety of wines in a relaxed atmosphere. Both the bar and shop's menus feature unique listings and change seasonally, much like the shape of the moon, which usually resembles a large maple leaf by the time autumn rolls around. Popular bottles from the shop include the Black shiraz ($24.99) and Arabella chardonnay ($10.99), while many aficionados appreciate the Silver Oak cabernet ($115.99) in pricier stead. At the bar, glasses of house wine (Salmon Creek, $6),14 Hands ($9) or Ramey or Rombauer ($15) come in cabernet, chardonnay, and merlot. Taste also offers beers and mixed drinks for the grape-averse.
Pasta Artistica peddles a plethora of Pappardelle's, with more than 100 pasta selections including dried noodles, stuffed pastas, and fresh-frozen sauces for take-home preparation. Half-pounds of dried pasta ($4.50) come in a host of flavors including lemon pepper, chipotle black bean, and whole-wheat garlic, as well as a battalion of shapes, including orzo, tagliatelle, and pappardelle. Sauce up an Italian dish with a jar of fresh-frozen pesto ($6.50), or stain an arch nemesis's new carpet with a jar of thai peanut or tomato vodka sauce ($9). As with people, the best traits of the hand-stuffed ravioli ($8–$14) are on the inside—savor the flavorful personality of the shrimp scampi ravioli or the spicy Italian-style buffalo.
Every four to five weeks, Improv Comedy Underground puts on an unscripted, interactive show filled with spontaneous jokes and side-tickling chortles. Each show consists of a group of improvisational performers who participate in a series of wit-testing games led by a host and audience suggestions. Because of the on-the-fly nature of the hour-long shows, the content isn't always predictable and may contain adult language and humor, so it's not recommended for young children or stoic philosophers in the midst of vision quests.
Paper Jubilee tailors each paper creation to its buyer's heart-ink and soul-calligraphy using in-house custom paper printing, personalized paper or vinyl monogramming, and a host of stationery brands. A stack of 100% cotton Crane & Co. wedding invitations lures guests to nuptial extravaganzas with luxurious linen, and Paper Jubilee's personalization services easily accommodate surnames that are spelled with mathematical equations. Choose from a selection of all-occasion invitations for birthdays, baby showers, graduations, and jury-duty reunions ($1–$2.50). Customizable notecards add similar panache to mundane reminders ($10–$15). Paper Jubilee can also customize vinyl monograms for tote bags, car windows, and an assortment of acrylic accessories ($8–$19).
The Computer Crew's expert analog artists have dedicated a decade to the healing and preservation of electronic mainframes, offering full service repair and upgrades to all breeds of CPUs. Tote in damaged and weary laptops, desktops, and Carrot Tops for in-store services that include virus and spyware removal, diagnostics, and hardware replacement (price of hardware not included), each ensuring that machines and the chain emails they facilitate flourish long into the foreseeable future ($50/hour). Rescue vital data lost from power surges and system crashes with data-recovery services that include data backup, deletion, migration, and disaster planning for Y2K 2: Back in the Habit.
At Twist Cupcakes, not only are the cupcakes and frosting made from scratch, but so is the entire business. The locally owned and operated business pioneered Mobile's cupcake trade and continually strives to craft innovative pastries. Twist Cupcakes boast more than 70 flavors and rotate 15 different flavors daily, such as caramel macchiato, cream cheese pound cake and chocolate ganache. Cupcakes come in mini sizes or as chocolate-dipped cake bites, which can be enjoyed at weddings and baby showers or right there in the sunlit shop. Brightly patterned couches and small tables let shoppers sample their wares over a steaming cup of Serda’s Coffee.